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I have spent a great deal of my life battling illness. I suffered from Crohn's Disease and eventually had abdominal surgery, thwarting the Crohn's and budding cancer cells. Since my surgery in 1995 I have been relatively free from Crohns', although I had several subsequent surgeries related to my ileostomy..When my disease was in remission, I don't think my husband realized how bad it could get, but he has stood by me. I also have suffered from various autoimmune disorders and am diagnosed with Stage IV Kidney Disease. Fortunately, I am maintaining and do not need dialysis at this point. We adopted our son and later found out he had cerebral palsy, so he became my career. Dan has had two surgeries and tons of therapy and is able to walk because of it. He is a college graduate and is employed as an Information Specialist. We are very proud of his accomplishements. I am now part of the retired generation and still getting used to the idea. I do enjoy crafting, traveling and being with family and friends. I am active in my church and feel that the hardships we endure are there to build our faith. I like to live life in the "now" as we never know how much time is left.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Going on VACATION!

Just a quick note:

I'm going on VACATION!

My sister and I are leaving this afternoon for the airport, flying non-stop to 
Ft Myers, Florida.  Our cousin will pick us up there and take us to her home 
in Naples.

I am packed, I have my clothes, and if I need something, I'll buy it!  I also have
stamping and scrapbooking things packed, as my cousin Shirley and I sure like to craft!
My sister, Connie...not so much, but she can watch TV in the evening while we

Looking forward to the sun, warmth, pool and beach!

Woo hoo!
See you in about two weeks!
An old photo:  Connie, Shirley and Me!

Rear view looks much larger than it appears?

Saturday, March 10, 2018

What's New?


Trying to think what's new in my life?

I have developed pain again at my surgical site (my ileostomy).  I tried increasing 
my amitriptyline for adhesions, but I still have pain.  It seems to get worse as the day
wears on. 
Tomorrow I am going to see a Wound and Ostomy nurse in hopes that she has any idea what is causing this pain.


We were enjoying almost spring like temperatures, but then, BAM!  Mother nature decided
to send us Snowstorm Claire!  The good news is that it's only snow, and not the 
weather of the North Eastern states!

I have been busy packing, deciding what still fits and is comfortable to wear with my 
tummy pain.  It is fun to pack knowing that I will be in warm sunny weather

Waves knocked me on my a** (butt)


I offered to take on the position of Chairperson of the Board of Evangelism.  Am I 
nuts, or following a calling?  The board has become non-existent, and we have 
to work on growing our church and relationships with one another and Christ.  Unfortunately,
there is not much I can do until after Easter.


I have been praying on what to do regarding my godson, Jalen.   He used to go to church 
with his Grandma Linda, but as she became ill and died, so did his church attendance.
It is difficult when he is with his mom in one city and alternates weekends between his dad, mom, and her parents.  I decided that I will just have to burn some gas and go get him.
There are some whom he may be able to get a ride with, so when that happens, that will be a good thing for me!  Tomorrow I am picking him up at his dad's.  Tuesday night he will start 
Confirmation (or catechism) class, even thought it started in September, pastor is 
making an exception for him.  I am so happy about this!  I told him how happy this would 
have made his Grandma Linda!
Jalen is on the right and with
his brothers.  He is the only one who is a baptized Lutheran.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Back to Blogging!

After some inspiration from a friend (Diana), I have decided to try my hand at this again.  I took quite a bit of time off trying to figure out if this is beneficial to anyone or even to myself.

I'm still undecided.


Since last time, my sister is healing from her knee surgery and works on therapy/exercise at the health center.  We are planning on going to Florida to visit out cousin in Naples.  Her place is still a bit of a mess since the hurricanes, but we are visiting her, and not her home!  She has retired now, so she will be able to spend more time with us!  I had to take money out of my IRA, but I want to go now while I am still healthy, cause one never knows what the future will bring.  I have seen too many die too soon, never to enjoy their retirement.  I am so happy that Jim was able to retire healthy last September!

I did not start a book club at church as no one could decide on anything.  One has a strange work schedule, another only wants a book on Kindle that is free.  I really couldn't get any great interest or enthusiasm.


Our family had the dreaded flu in January.  I was the only one who had the flu shot, so maybe it kept me out of the hospital.  Our son only was sick a few days.  My husband and I were both quite ill, very tough when we are responsible to get our son back and forth to work (he doesn't drive cause of his CP vision problems.  At one point I could have called  the ambulance  to pick us both up!  Jim had a bit of pneumonia, but it cleared up with Zithromax.   I almost had a wipe out in my car when I got a dizzy spell.  One day my sister picked our son up and drove him home.  We were both feeling too lousy.  The cough lasts forever!  Okay, a month or more, but a long time!


I was trying to figure out where I belonged spiritually speaking.  After much seeking, prayer and advice, I realized for now I should stick with my home church.  I am a dyed in the wool Lutheran, and it just goes against my nature to do anything else!  

During my search, I discovered the Christian fellowship I longed for at an evangelical church, so I go there for Tuesday morning Women's Bible study.  I attend my Lutheran church and go to the Bible study there on Sundays.  I can go to both services in one morning, if I'm so inclined, or enjoy the sermon at the evangelical one on my Kindle or PC.   I'm covered!


I have been trying to go on without my best friend, Linda.  It is difficult to make close friends.  I feel like I have acquaintances.  Friends for stamping, friends for Bible Study, but mostly I have had to rely on my sister and husband.  I guess you only get one close friend in a lifetime!  Still, I am trying to reconnect with old friends.

So, who am I?  I realized that much of what I do was because of Linda!  She wanted Red Hats and we started a group, but last month I quit, cause I realized it just wasn't making me happy anymore.  I still like to stamp, probably more than scrapbooking, and that hasn't changed.

I have become more spiritually minded, because as I experienced with Linda, in the end, that is all that really matters.


Linda's husband and I have finally been able to face her craft room.  I sold a few of her craft making machines.  I  told Kevin when the weather is nicer, I will park my car in the driveway, and he can bring all the stuff over here and I will sort and organize and sell.  He wants all the money to be divided amongst the grandkids.

I still have to try on my shorts and capris for my Florida trip.  I lost five pounds when I was sick!  At least something good came out of it.


I still like to dabble in Bible Journaling, and finally organized all my supplies for that,
so maybe will be doing it more often.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

This & That

I had been having some medical problems of late, but I
managed to resolve it with the help of my medical supply company
and my own brain!  Woo hoo!  We had an appointment to see the Wound and Ostomy nurse at
Froedtert in Milwaukee.  We are now glad that we don't have to make that trip!


A few weeks back I made my husband get some culture with me!  Ha ha!  A friend of mine on Facebook was doing a one man show at our local theater.  He is a distant cousin of my husband's so I thought we should go.  We had seen it before at a family reunion, but this time it was much enhanced with photos, film,  and sound effects.  The name of the program is The Accidental Hero and you can read more about it.  The long and short of it is that his grandfather documented his action in WWII
and freeing the city of Domazlice.  It was very interesting as his grandfather discovered his grandparents came from this very city in


I received my bff Linda's Fitbit from her husband.  I had been wearing it, mostly to monitor my sleep patterns, and if I was getting my steps.  I was always getting my steps, would forget to log my water, and it really didn't change my activity in any way.

Well, one day my wrist was itching, and under the charger part of the Fitbit, I had a blister and a puffy red area about the size of a dime.    I googled it of course.  My friend found this info:   Two months after the recall, the scientists wrote: "It is plausible a person's perspiration can enter into the charging port..." of the Fitbit force.They found that sweat in the charger caused a chemical reaction that produced a toxic compound, saying: "This scenario is supported by one consumer stating their injury occurred after charging... and a skin burn the shape of the charging port in another incident."

My luck.  End of Fitbit for me.  I will clean it up, and give it and all my bands and instruction to one of Linda's granddaughters.  I will warn her first!


I am happy to report that my sister is moving around much better.  She will be discharged
from the rehab using a cane!  She still suffers from sciatica for which I have
been taking her to the chiropractor.  I have been driving around a lot lately running my son and now my sister, but I don't mind as she would do that for me.

Until next time, Blessings!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

This Week's Adventures....or NOT!

Gee, it's Saturday morning already and I said I would blog about something.


The Weather:  We had some beautiful weather last weekend and for a few days after.  It was in the low 60's here, but higher inland.  We went to a memorial service last Saturday for my husband's
old friend's brother (got that?). He had many struggles with alcoholism, but later in life recovered and helped others with this addiction.  The most important thing was that he had found happiness in his life, and also, Jesus Christ.  (Jesus first).  It was nice talking to old friends and the family, and was a very informal memorial held in a park building.  The deceased had died a few months back in Alaska, so this worked out well, to have family and friends remember him in his home state.


I would like to start a Christian book club.  I need to find appropriate fiction before inviting everyone.
Any ideas?


This has been a lazy week for me.  I did not go to exercise AT ALL this week!!!  I mopped my kitchen, I did laundry, but that's about it.  When the weather was nice, I didn't even go for a walk.


My sister is not recovering as quickly as we would like.  Her surgery went well, but the rehab facility is short staffed. She needs help with going to the potty and probably hasn't been "walked" all that often.  Her sciatica was giving her problems and causing more pain that her knee replacement.  The nursing care center lost her new shorts, top and panties.  She sits uncomfortably and painfully waiting too long to be rescued from the pot or wheelchair.  She would probably try and go herself, but they have purposely put the walker across the room, so she doesn't attempt that.  She hasn't had any more than a sponge bath for some time, so today she will finally get her hair washed in the shower!  I wish I could help more.  I brought her more clothes to wear.  I visit when I can.


I have to get my sewing machine out.  I committed to making at least one sack for the school supplies that will go into it this Fall for missions.  I will take a picture of the finished product....if I remember!


Saturday, May 13, 2017

My Journey into Joy

Okay, am going to make a concentrated effort to write a bit every Saturday.
I was trying to see where I am on my journey.


It has been a long, cold, wet, Spring, but finally the grass is green, the temperatures are rising and flowers are beginning to bloom.

My hip is better and I have been trying to be consistent with the Silver Sneakers exercise class at the Senior Center.  I also joined Planet Fitness, as there is one near me when I take my son to work.
I go on the treadmill and sometimes use the machines.  I am starting out slow as I am so out of shape!

My Bible study group finished our study of Timothy with Beth Moore's book, Entrusted.  Although I am not ready to evangelize the world, I learned more about that God expects each of us to share the Gift and the Gospel with those who are open to it.  For me, that means my family.


The first weekend of May I again went to the Sayner Stampede.  I started going to this about 14-15 years ago with Linda.  This year I went with two friends that had accompanied us before.  I spent way too much money, but it was what I was there for.  The word of the year is FOIL!  There was a huge emphasis on heat pressured foil.  Had a rough day, as once again my ostomy bag let loose.  Gwen (pictured) took me to the hotel so I could clean up and change.  We went back and made as many cards as we could.  Then, while Carolee (not pictured) was helping to clean up with the used stamp sale, Gwen and I went to dinner.  I enjoyed a beer for a change!  In the evening, Gwen went back to help with a class and I was fine in the hotel by myself, enjoying my quiet time.


In May we also celebrated our Red Hat group's anniversary.  We have been a chapter for fourteen years!

I made these little party favors.  They hold a Ghiradelli chocolate perfectly!


Another new thing to bring me joy this year has been season tickets to see "Let Me Be Frank Productions.  The plays are cheesy satire, but funny, and the band and singing is awesome!


Yesterday I went on a bus trip with the Silver Sneakers to go shopping.  Again, I spent too much money.  I found a blouse on sale at Penneys, but then, I stopped at the Clinique counter at Younkers.
I decided I needed a new eye cream for my wrinkles around my eyes AND an eyebrow pencil!  I then could get $10 off by spending over $50, and get the little beauty bag with smaller versions of the cleanser, makeup remover, eyeshadow, mascara and lipstick.  What a deal, huh?

We then went to the Olive Garden and I may as well have the Shrimp Scampi!  I had enough for lunch and dinner! 

Onward to Wilmar Chocolates, where I purchased chocolate covered potato chips!


I best behave the rest of the month, or I will be totally broke! 

I am not volunteering at the Senior Center anymore, as I got kind of bored with it.  Instead, I am working the checkout at St Vincent De Paul Thrift Store two Thursday mornings a month.  Some mornings cost me about $3- $4 as I find deals while working.  I love Judi, the gal that I am working with.  We laugh a lot and play country music in the back ground.


My poor sister is in the Rehab at the nursing home recovering from a total knee replacement.  She has rheumatoid arthritis.  Her knee and hip were both really bad, but the knee was worse, so the doctor is starting with that.  Hopefully, a new knee will help her hip and back feel better too!  She is so uncomfortable right now, and the food isn't very good either.  I will have to pick something up for her!  Her name is Connie.  Please keep her in your prayers.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Back again?

Just a short entry.  I am trying to decide if I should blog again.

It does seem therapeutic.

I need to catch up on other's lives as well.